MARCH 1, 2004.
THE GONCHAR TRADE WATCH.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger reports the Boston Bruins are very
serious about obtaining defenceman Sergei Gonchar from the Washington
Capitals. There's been speculation the Bruins may be shopping
talented but oft-injured winger Sergei Samsonov in an attempt to land
AVS ONLY TEAM INTERESTED IN KOLZIG?
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports there is much speculation the Washington
Capitals will trade goaltender Olaf Kolzig, but McKenzie suggests
that while the Caps would like to move Kolzig's salary, they don't
necessarily have to. They'll only make the deal if they can get a
good return. McKenzie claims the only team that the Colorado
Avalanche "are the only team in the running for a real number one
goalie like Kolzig", and he claims that while the two teams are
talking there's no guarantee a deal will get done by the deadline.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports a source close to negotiations
claims the Avalanche have made "serious inquiries" about obtaining
both Sergei Gonchar and goaltender Olaf Kolzig. The Caps are
apparently asking for defenceman Derek Morris and another young
prospect and/or draft picks.
WASHINGTON POST: Jason LaCanfora also reported on the apparent
interest by the Avs in Gonchar and Kolzig.
DAFOE TO TORONTO?
TSN.CA: reports the Toronto Maple Leafs may have had a deal in place
last week to obtain Byron Dafoe from the Atlanta Thrashers if not for
Dafoe injuring himself after slipping on a patch of ice. USA Today's
Kevin Allen also suggested the Leafs might turn to Anaheim and the
Mighty Ducks backup Martin Gerber if Dafoe is no longer available.
THE LATEST ON THE OILERS.
EDMONTON SUN: Robin Brownlee reports Oilers GM Kevin Lowe is non-
committal as to whether he'll be buying or selling at the trade
deadline. Apparently Lowe would prefer a rental player and there's
talk of interest in the NY Rangers Petr Nedved and Alexei Kovalev,
although Lowe refused to comment on that speculation. There is
speculation that Oilers captain Jason Smith would be the most
valuable trade chip for Lowe, as the Ottawa Senators and Dallas Stars
are rumoured to be interested. However, Lowe maintains that he won't
conduct a firesale if his Oilers are no close to a playoff berth by
the March 9th deadline. Other Oilers attracting interest include
forwards Ryan Smyth, Adam Oates and Ethan Moreau and goalie Tommy
CANUCKS INTERESTED IN WITT?
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma yesterday reported the Canucks have a
scout tailing the Washington Capitals. It's believed the Canucks are
very interested in defenceman Brendan Witt.